The DRS controversy that Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb got sucked into has taken a new turn now. Earlier today ICC had issued a statement that no action was being taken against the players in question. But the BCCI wasn’t having any of that, and that they have gone ahead and lodged an official complaint with the ICC against Australian captain Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb following the DRS fiasco in the Bengaluru Test.
In their statement the ICC said that emotions were running really high during the incident, and that both teams should focus on the upcoming test match.
Virat Kohli was extremely furious with what Smith and Handscomb tried to accomplish on the field(with regards to the DRS), and it comes as no surprise that he has urged BCCI to take some concrete action against the defaulters.
Cricket Australia had termed Virat Kohli’s claims of ‘cheating’ as ‘outrageous’, and Steve Smith termed it as a mere ‘brain fade’.
Apparently BCCI has submitted video footage to ICC and wants them to dig deeper and punish the offenders. The officially lodged complaint pertains to a Level 2 breach, for an attempt to act against the Spirit of the Game. The complaint has been lodged by Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI
With the Ranchi Test scheduled to start on the 16th of March, the verdict for this complaint should come well in time before the start of the 3rd Test. While ICC had initially brushed aside the possibility of taking any sort of action, it will now be forced to investigate the matter again. In all probability they will come up with the same verdict as before, but this is BCCIs way of showing that any case of misconduct on the field will not be tolerated.
Let’s wait and see what the ICC has in store for us, and if Cricket Australia too comes up with some sort of retaliation.